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ESD Alumni Provide Aid at Polish-Ukrainian Border Amid Crisis

Updated 3/28/22


ESD alumni Anna and Elizabeth Konradi.  and their family members, lend support in Poland

As of mid-March, there were 1.7 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing their home country for Poland. This staggering statistic, along with other personal reasons, prompted two ESD alumni to take action. Last week, Anna Konradi ’16 and Elizabeth Konradi ’19 spent their spring break at the Polish border assisting refugees arriving from war-torn Ukraine.

ESD alum Anna Konradi serves meals in Poland.

The two alums, along with four other family members, traveled to nearby Lithuania where they rented vehicles and a camper van and then headed for the Poland-Ukraine border. Rather than stay in available accommodations, they chose to sleep and eat in the camper van throughout the week as it was important for the group to not take away resources from Ukrainian refugees in the crisis area. This inspiring act of service, that the family is calling #ProjectPoland, has involved making and handing out food with World Central Kitchen, driving families to other intake areas, and a multitude of other tasks. They have also been able to utilize their Russian language skills to communicate with incoming refugees.
After a packed week of service, the group started their return trip back to the states on March 20. If you would like to learn more about their experience serving at the Polish border, they documented the experience throughout the week on their GoFundMe page.
Hear about more ways the ESD community is contributing aid and assistance to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine:

  • Lower school students and siblings Valentina '30 and Sebastian '33 have been making blue and yellow bracelets to benefit children in Ukraine. Click here to learn more. Valentina and Sebastian have also been nominated for Park Cities Youth on the Rise for the work the have been doing with their nonprofit Shining Brownies.
  • On Thursday, March 24, ESD's Baking for a Cause Club hosted a bake sale during upper school lunch for Ukrainian relief and support. Students were able to raise over $1,100 at the bake sale! All proceeds support the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund's International Disaster Response Fund which will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine. 

As our support goes out to those displaced, suffering, and dying, let us also lift our hearts in prayer for Ukraine. As we have been doing in chapel since the invasion began, we offer "A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations," from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 816:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, especially Russia and Ukraine, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of the Prince of Peace. Grant wisdom, discernment, and compassion to those directing the course of events, and help them work for the good of those who are vulnerable and oppressed. Amen.